Head, Engineering Group

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Large Binocular Telescope Observatory
Department Name: 
University of Arizona
Street Line 1: 
933 N Cherry Av
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications received by April 20, 2018 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

With its two 8.4m mirrors on a common mount that can be combined to form an interferometer with a baseline of 23m, complemented with adaptive secondary mirrors, the LBT provides unprecedented ground-based resolution at near- and mid-infrared wavelengths. With a suite of state of the art instruments nearing completion, the observatory is moving to full operation while adding new capabilities such as ground-layer AO and new AO-fed instrumentation.

The Engineering Group, made of a dozen of engineers and technicians, is responsible for the technical (mechanical, electrical, optical) support of the telescope and its instrumentation (including AO systems), in close collaboration with the Software and Science Groups (all based in Tucson), and the Mountain Operations Group, based in Safford and working on Mt Graham (3200m). 

The successful candidate to the Manager of the Engineering Group position must have a strong engineering background (systems engineering preferred) and must be highly motivated by the management of a diverse and highly skilled staff in a complex operational environment. S/he is expected to take over technical and administrative leadership, and develop and maintain efficient contacts with the other Groups and the external teams contributing to the development of the observatory. Experience in a similar position at a large research facility (astronomical if possible, but not mandatory) is required.

The Engineering Group Manager reports directly to the Director, works closely with the Observatory Program Manager, is a key participant in the management of the observatory, and a member of the Observatory Council.

Included Benefits: 

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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